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Joni Cagle loves being an Exceptional Student Education teacher at Hunter’s Green Elementary School.
The students in her class have all been labeled with specific learning and learning related disabilities.
“So, they all have individualized educational plans which makes it a little challenging because they all have very specific needs, challenges and strengths,” said Cagle.
Cagle knew this change to eLearning was going to be a challenge, and wanted to do something extra to make her students more comfortable.
“The kids miss us and we miss them,” said Cagle.
For the past few weeks, Cagle has been reading bedtime stories to her students every Monday through Thursday night. Sometimes special guests like the principal, teachers and even parents will read a book to students.
Cagle got the idea from her close teacher friend, who started reading to her fourth grade students. She picks books that her students will enjoy. So far, they’ve been animal related.
“We just like the idea of seeing each other before we go to bed at night,” Cagle said. “I know they’re okay and they know I’m okay.”
Students and parents now look forward to the bedtimes stories. They have been a huge hit.
“It’s a comforting way to end our day knowing that we’re going to be okay,” she said. “I think we need to focus on just making those connections right now.“
Going to work everyday and helping her students learn was the highlight of her day. Cagle just wanted her students to know, they are loved.